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Blues Festival Guide
Oct 5, 2017
Vol 12/Issue 40

last 9/28
Feb 18, 2016
thru Nov 2
Show us your BFG
News Flash... 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
Special BFG Announcements
Intros and Outros
Me and the Devil Blues 
About Us 
CD & DVD Releases
Blues Society News
Video of The Week
Elwood's BluesMobile
Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Festival Calendar
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Make sure to click the links at the end of the CD/DVD and News Flash section teasers so you can discover them in entirety on our website news section and so you don't miss out on cool details, photos, schedules, artist or festival links, etc. 
Thanks for diggin' the blues... we aim to please. ...Team BFG
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Photo moments with the 15th Annual BFG Magazine
We had the distinct pleasure to meet writer, director, producer Scott Rosebaum (pictured here) of Red Hawk Films and watch his wonderful music documentary Sidemen at the 2017 Big Blues Bender in Las Vegas Sept 10.
Photo: Michele Lundeen
*NOTE! Our 15th annual edition has shipped to festivals, blues societies and a few distributors, etc. When you get yours, make sure to snap photos of you, your friends, and/or artists, etc. with the 2017 Guide! *Then EMAIL us your photo plus caption & credit.
*Want your own hard copy? Order via our website now! The Big Blues Bender is official 2017 sponsor of our Blues Festival Guide annual magazine! ...
CD & DVD Releases
Milligan Vaughan Project :: MVP
The dynamic Texas duo of celebrated singer Malford Milligan and guitar slinger Tyrone Vaughan’s first album, MVP, was produced by David Grissom and Omar Vallejo on Mark One Records.

The MVP album features nine studio tracks recorded in Austin at Arlyn Studios and 512 Studios, as well as two tracks taken from their live show debut at the One 2 One club in Austin during SXSW. The studio tracks include originals written by Milligan, Vaughan and producer David Grissom, as well as Buddy Guy’s “Leave My Girl Alone,” “Compared to What” (popularized by Les McCann) and Rev. James Cleveland’s “Two Wings,” a beautiful acoustic gospel tune with just Milligan and Vaughan. The two bonus live tracks include the Grissom-penned “What Passes for Love” and the Freddy King signature tune, “Palace of the King,” that closes the album. ...Find more about this CD and these artists
Listen"Little Bit of Heaven"
From sharing the Apollo Theater stage with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons and others to backing Beyoncé Knowles at Barack Obama's Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and on her Grammy winning single from the movie Cadillac Records; from his prolific sideman work to his ten albums as a leader, Billy Flynn is a true-blue heir of Delmark's storied legacy. Lonesome Highway features 16 new original songs and special guest vocalist Deitra Farr! Producer Dick Shurman says of the set, “It's one of the great Chicago blues guitar albums.” Kim Wilson, who regularly calls Billy for sessions, observes that, “Billy Flynn is one of the greatest blues guitarists alive and one of the greatest to ever live. He is truly the musician's musician.”
...Find more about this CD and the artist
Listen"Good Navigator"
News Flash... 
Big LLou dubbed Sexiest Voice in Blues with Historic Overseas Booking
(Los Angeles, CA) – Who is Big LLou?
Big LLou, the voice of Sirius/XM Radio Bluesville since its inception, is not only a well-known announcer on Bluesville, he is a Blues Music Award-winning singer and the quintessential MC across the country. The “Sexiest Voice in the Blues,” as dubbed by Blues Heaven Blues Festival in Denmark and considered by some as the most recognized radio voice in the Blues, Big LLou is on fire with appearances worldwide!
What is Big LLou up to? Read on…
“Big LLou & The BluesVille Revue” to Perform in Tucson
He has assembled some “real deal” blues artists and they’re headlining the 33rd Annual Blues Heritage Festival in Tucson, AZ on October 15, 2017. “Big LLou and the BluesVille Revue” (West Coast Edition) includes blues all-stars Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Bob Corritore, Johnny Rawls, Zac Harmon and Jimi “PrimeTime” Smith who are all steeped in the tradition of Chicago and Soul Blues. 
...Find more about Big LLou and what he's got in store!
Hot New Blues CD Black Cat Bone from II BIG just Released
Black Cat Bone is the latest hot CD from Northern California classic-rock band, II BIG (Two Big), and their first-ever blues release. It embodies the finest in classic and original blues, and stays true to the roots.

Produced by Indiana Slim with all-star musicians, the album creates classic, house-rockin’ boogie with a driving pulse and a live-in-the-moment vibe.

This CD was recorded with 1950’s Fender Tweed Amp tones that fire up rhythms more infectious than poison ivy and twice as hard to shake! Classic American blues as fine as an ice-cold beer on a red-hot day!

Produced and recorded by Russian River Records in Northern California, Black Cat Bone is now available on iTunes.

II BIG is available for booking. For more information and booking, contact Ken Ingalls at RiverRox Studios, P.O. Box 516, Talmage, CA, 707-367-1853, or email. ....Find links and more about ll BIG's Black Cat Bone 
Annual Briggs Farm Blues Festival Announces dates for 2018 and Tickets
(Nescopeck PA) - Briggs Farm Blues Festival announces dates for the 2018 show as Thursday July 5th, Friday July 6th, Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th 2018. Camping and Day Tickets go on sale October 15th so take advantage of early purchase prices. Surprise your friends and family for the holidays with tickets to an unforgettable concert event and “The Best Weekend of the Year.”
As winter takes the stage, it’s time to start planning next summer’s fun! Briggs Farm Blues Festival isn’t just one of the nations most awarded blues festivals, it’s a place to gather together with family and friends, make memories, and start new traditions. Reunions of all kinds happen around the camp-fires at Briggs Fest, and new generations of blues fans are born every July on the rolling hills of Briggs Farm.
...Find more about the Briggs Farm Blues Festival
Mr. Handy's Blues…a musical documentary
(Memphis, TN) - Mr. Handy's Blues, a documentary on W.C. Handy, will be showing during the Indie Memphis Film Fest at the Playhouse On the Square (66 Cooper St., Memphis, TN) November 4, from 1 - 2:30pm. It will also be shown at the St. Louis International Film Festival in November 5 at The Stage at KDHX (3524 Washington Ave, St. Louis, MO) 7pm.

Ten years in the making, Joanne Fish's Mr. Handy’s Blues documentary chronicles the life of W.C. Handy, known as The Father of the Blues, and takes you into the often-unrecognized career of one of greatest songwriters America ever produced. W.C. Handy is credited with transforming African-American folk music that was handed down only through oral tradition into a purely American genre of music. Against all odds Handy forged a successful career in the post Civil War south, becoming a reknown bandleader, composer, and entrepreneur. He was the first African American to publish his own music, and in 1914 he wrote St. Louis Blues, which was the most recorded song in the first half of the 20th century. ...Find more details about Mr. Handy's Blues
Blues Society News
Healing Hurricane Pain, one Blues Song at a time Oct 15
(Yorba Linda, CA) - Behind the Orange Curtain, CA: “Blues for H.I.M. Relief (Harvey, Irma, Maria)” is a gathering of blues artists to do what they love to do, play the blues. This event, hosted by the Orange County Blues Society will be at the Main Street Restaurant, an all ages concert and event venue located on Old Main Street in Yorba Linda. The Main Street Restaurant is proud to support this event. The Orange County Blues Society is proud to host “Blues for H.I.M. Relief (Harvey, Irma, Maria)” on Sunday October 15, 2017 from 1-6pm. Bands include Chico’s Bail Bonds, Up Jumped the Bluez, Crosscut Delux, and Surfside Circus.

The Orange County Blues Society exists for the community. The blues is America's indigenous art form. Therefore, all of America is part of our community. As such we believe that we are all in this together and feel the need to help our brothers and sister affected so deeply by the recent devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean Islands.
...Find where donations are going and/or how you can help
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
- Verandah Balcony Cabins Available! Book Yours on LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct 21-28
- Now Prebooking  #31 West Coast Oct. 2018

- Sept 27 Prebook #32 East Coast 2019 starting 11 am
LRBC #29 Southern Caribbean Oct. 21~28, 2017: CABINS ON SALE NOW! Ft. Lauderdale to Aruba, Curacao & Half Moon Cay, Bahamas on Holland America’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam. There are still a few Verandah Balcony Cabins available. Call Reservations @ (816) 753-7979 and Book Your Cabin NOW! Visit here for complete lineup and cabin availability. 
The Left Coast Blues Cruise returns in 2018! The LRBC #31 Sea of Cortez Oct. 28~Nov. 4, 2018 will be sailing on Holland America's ms Eurodam from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, La Paz & Loreto. Now Prebooking - $500 per cabin deposit (fully refundable) holds your spot to book once bands are announced!
Prebook now for #32 Feb. 2019 Eastern Caribbean! By placing your $500 per cabin, fully-refundable prebook deposit, you will be guaranteed a spot in line to book a cabin once the artist announcement has been made! (likely in March or April ’18). Visit reservations or call (816) 753-7979.
313 Lawrence St., Kansas City, MO
(816) 753-7979 |
More Than A Cruise… More Than A Festival... More Than You Can Imagine!
Video of The Week
Albert Collins w-Clarence Gatemouth" Brown "Frosty"
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Elwood's BluesMobile
The Mission Continues... Pokey LaFarge
Good news Blues Brethren and Soul Sisters! We've decided to make selected episodes from our vast archives of The BluesMobile Radio Hour available for your listening pleasure! Mixcloud is hosting archival releases.
Elwood’s BluesMobile (formerly House of Blues Radio Hour) was a weekly syndicated program hosted by Dan Aykroyd as Elwood Blues, his famous character from The Blues Brothers. Since 1993, Elwood has showcased Blues and Blues-based music such as R&B, Soul, and Rock & Roll. In February 2012, the program was re-branded as Elwood’s BluesMobile, with all programming remaining unchanged. In July 2017, the program was terminated and is no longer on the air. These episodes are from the radio show's extensive archives. ...Find The BluesMobile Radio Archives on Mixcloud
Intros and Outros
Thoughts & upcoming Birthdays
Birthdays upcoming of note: 
Oct 5 Roy Book Binder (1943), Rick Estrin (1949); Oct 6 Cheryl O'Grady Yearnshaw (BFG Sales Director), Diunna Greenleaf (1957); Oct 8 Andy “T” Talamantez; Oct 9 O.V. Wright (1939), Oct 10 "Mississippi" Joe Callicott (1900), Cyril Neville (1948); Oct 12 Nappy Brown (1929), Sam Moore (1935), Barbara Blue; Oct 13 Dorothy Moore (1946); Oct 14 Jimmy Liggins (1924), Son Thomas (1926), Kenny Neal (1957)
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Roots Blues Airplay Charts (click chart for samples)
Me and the Devil Blues 
Visit the "Me and The Devil Blues" official website
Festival Calendar
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 Bridging the Blues
Sep-22-2017 - Oct-15-2017
Arkansas and Mississippi Delta, Memphis, TN, Arkansas, USA
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Oct-04-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Downtown Helena, Arkansas, USA
Bukka White Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA
Chain O Lakes Blues Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-07-2017
Waupaca, Wisconsin, USA
Daytona Blues Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-08-2017
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA
Reading Blues Festival
Oct-06-2017 - Oct-08-2017
Reading, Pennsylvania, USA 
Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival
Oct-13-2017 - Oct-15-2017
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
For all festival links
please go to our website
Rowan Blues & Jazz Festival
18th Annual
Salisbury, North Carolina, USA 
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise #29
Oct-21-2017 - Oct-28-2017
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
 Copenhagen Blues Festival
Oct-25-2017 - Oct-29-2017
Copenhagen, Denmark 
Blues Heaven
Nov-03-2017 - Nov-04-2017
Frederikshavn, Denmark
Gainesville Downtown Blues Concert
Gainesville, Florida, USA
Mississippi Delta Blues Festival
Nov-23-2017 - Nov-25-2017
Caxias do Sul, Brazil
Bradenton Blues Festival
Dec-01-2017 - Dec-03-2017, Bradenton, Florida, USA 
About Us 

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Call 707-630-3304
RBA Publishing is the parent company of the Blues Festival Guide and Reggae Festival Guide.
We are woman owned and operated.
We produce the annual Blues Festival Guide magazine, affiliated with the top-ranking website, and this weekly blues newsletter: The Blues Festival E-Guide, with approximately 30,000 weekly subscribers.
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